Rich international locations have acquired the overwhelming majority of the world’s provide of Covid-19 vaccine doses, whereas poor international locations have obtained lower than 1%, the World Well being Group stated at a press briefing Friday.
Of the 700 million vaccine doses which have been distributed throughout the globe, “over 87% have gone to high-income or upper- and middle-income international locations, whereas low-income international locations have acquired simply 0.2%,” stated WHO Director-Common Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
On common, 1 in 4 folks in high-income international locations have acquired a coronavirus vaccine, in contrast with simply 1 in additional than 500 in low-income international locations, in accordance with Tedros.
“There stays a stunning imbalance within the world distribution of vaccines,” he stated.
Tedros stated that there’s a scarcity of doses for COVAX, a worldwide alliance aiming to offer poor nations with coronavirus vaccines.
“We perceive that some international locations and corporations plan to do their very own bilateral vaccine donations, bypassing COVAX for their very own political or industrial causes,” Tedros stated. “These bilateral preparations run the chance of fanning the flames of vaccine inequity.”
Tedros stated COVAX companions — together with the WHO, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Improvements and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance — are pursuing methods to speed up manufacturing and provide.
The alliance is in search of donations from international locations with surplus vaccine provide, expediting assessment of extra vaccines and discussing methods to increase world manufacturing capability with a number of international locations, Tedros and Gavi CEO Dr. Seth Berkley stated.